If you're thinking about an undergraduate chemistry major and want to do original,
cutting-edge research with an actual faculty member
(not a graduate student) then Randolph-Macon Department of Chemistry is the place
for you! We offer:
Research projects are currently ongoing in the areas of organometallic
and inorganic chemistry (Dr. Schreiner), polymer science,
forensic science, and analytical chemistry (Dr.
Marchetti), organic chemistry (Dr. Thoburn), environmental
chemistry (Dr. Michelsen) and biochemistry (Dr. Green)..
The 4-1-4 curriculum at Randolph-Macon College allows very ambitious students to
earn a B.S. chemistry degree in just three years. This option is often pursued by
students who decide to major in chemistry after their sophomore year or those who
wish to forego a fourth year in college. If you think you might want to obtain your
degree in three years, make sure you contact Dr. Schreiner, Department Chair, at
The chemistry department can arrange an internship for you during the January term.
You will work as a chemist at a local chemical industry or state or federal agency
for credit. During the internship, you will work approx. 40 hours per week under
the direction of a site supervisor. You cannot be paid for the internship while
you are receiving coursework credits. Currently, we are encouraging internships
with Boehringer-Ingelheim (Richmond and Petersburg) and other local companies such
as Virginia Institute of Marine Science and Consolidated Labs (Commonwealth of Virginia
The chemistry department offers several scholarship opportunities for both new students
to the college and students who have already declared chemistry as a major. The
most prominent of these scholarships are the Jackson
Fellowships. These fellowships are designed to encourage high-ability
chemistry, biology, and pre-med students who are interested in Randolph-Macon College.
The scholarships range in value from $1000 to $3000, and are in addition to any
other financial aid that the student might receive from the college. The scholarships
can be renewed for up to four years. Scholarships are also sometimes awarded to
students who are already at the college and who have declared a scientific field
as their major.